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Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic violence is a serious problem that many families experience throughout the nation. In general, domestic violence is defined as a violent act that is committed by one family member (or member of the household) against another family member (or member of the household). Violence against children and adults is included in this definition. While every domestic violence case is unique to its own unique circumstances, every accusation of domestic violence is a serious matter that should be addressed accordingly.

Examples of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can come in a variety of forms and does not necessarily involve physical violence. Examples include:

  • Purposefully intimidating another member of the family

  • Emotionally abusing another member of the family

  • Implementing psychological abuse against another member of the family

  • Financially abusing another member of the family (by withholding, hiding, or otherwise abusing shared finances)

  • Engaging in verbally or physically abusive behavior toward another member of the family

  • Credibly threatening another member of the family with physical violence

  • Physically assaulting another member of the family

Just as the form of abuse can vary considerably, so too can the severity and frequency of the abuse.

Serious Consequences of Conviction

If you are convicted of domestic violence, you face serious consequences that directly relate to the seriousness of the crime. Any one of the following classifications can apply:

  • Class A Misdemeanor – A Class A misdemeanor can carry up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $4,000

  • Third-Degree Felony – a third-degree felony can carry from 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000

  • Second-Degree Felony – A second-degree felony can carry from 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000

  • First-Degree Felony – a first-degree felony can carry from 5 to 99 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000

In addition to these fines and penalties, a family violence conviction can seriously affect your future in myriad ways. For example, a conviction can make it more difficult for you to rent a home or apartment, can limit your employment options, and can affect your ability to own a gun or even to vote.

Your Case

If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is critical that you build your strongest defense. Many defense strategies are based on factors such as the following:

  • You are facing false allegations

  • Your actions were in self-defense

  • There is inadequate proof to support the claim you are facing

  • Investigative or arrest errors transpired in the course of your case

Contact an Experienced Killeen Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are facing domestic violence charges, Brett Pritchard is a formidable criminal defense attorney who is committed to aggressively advocating on behalf of your rights and for your case's most positive resolution. Our dedicated legal team is here to help, so please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.





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